Of course you could be right Dancing Bear. Except that your ascertation of Marv playing Dillon to WIN!, doesn't explain why Rudi got the lions share of the carries and Dillon got the scraps.I think that you are really reaching Big Score.
Dillon had a YPC higher than Johnson in every game but San Francisco; many of them he was nearly 2 to 1 in YPC!
They were in a Playoff Race, and Lewis played him for one reason and one reason only TO WIN!
50 carries for 266 yds & 4 TD's + 7 receptions for 54 yds & 0 TD's for Rudi.
35 carries for 135 yds & 0 TD's + 1 reception for 11 yds & 0 TD's for Dillon.
Now think about this.
What would be the trade value of an injured, malcontent 30 year old RB, who, when supposedly finally healthy, sits on the bench gathering dust during his Teams most critical part of the season?
Red Flags would be going up all over NFL front offices. They might well think that Dillon was not completely recovered from his injury, thus driving down his trade value for 2004.
IMO, Playoff race or no Playoff race, Marv HAD to play Dillon, to get full trade value.
But, short of sitting down face to face with Marv and getting a straight answer from him, none of us will ever know if my supposition is right or wrong.
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